"My joy is a form of resistance."
CHINONYE CHUKWU is a filmmaker, educator and social justice advocate. She is the founder of Pens to Pictures, a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. She is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, "AlaskaLand," has been selected to screen globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. The film has been released on several digital and VOD platforms. Her short film, "A Long Walk", is a short adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”, and is partially funded by a $27,000 Special Projects Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The film won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and "Best Short Film" at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival. It has also screened at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Chinonye is currently in development for her next feature film, in which she wrote and will direct, called "Clemency." This script is a 2017 Athena List winner for best feature script featuring a female protagonist.